If Louisiana Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?

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Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Louisiana

Louisiana is the 31st-largest US state by area, its 52,378 square miles ranking it just behind Alabama and just ahead of its neighbor Mississippi. But while Louisiana is smaller than most other states, if it were its own country, it would actually be larger than the median. That's right: if Louisiana were to declare its independence, it would be the 95th largest country by area. Since there are approximately 200 countries currently in existence, that means that Louisiana is larger than roughly 105 of them. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Louisiana, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Louisiana were a storage unit, how would other countries fit inside?

Of course, using maps to illustrate size is a tricky matter, since most 2D map projections distort size in favor of shape. This includes the Mercator Projection used by Google Maps. Fortunately, we found thetruesize.com, a tool which runs on top of Google Maps and accounts for these distortions, allowing for accurate size comparisons. Now you can see exactly how these countries would fit inside of your Louisiana self storage unit.

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